Category: Pests & Disease

Giant African land snail: APHIS use criteria to deregulate quarantined areas in Miami-Dade county

APHIS and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) collaborated to develop the protocol for removing areas from quarantine.   Click on the link to go to the official NAPPO alert: https://www.pestalerts.org/oprDetail.cfm?oprID=781   Check out this… Read More

Pilea Aphid (Myzus fataunae) discovered in Florida

DPI recently issued the first report of Myzus fataunae, the Pilea aphid, in the Western Hemisphere. Specimens were collected from an aluminum plant (Pilea cadeirei) in Florida. These aphids are native to Japan and Korea. They represent a threat to nursery… Read More

First record of Chrysomphalus bifasciculatus, False Florida Red Scale, in Florida

Samples of a hard scale (Hemiptera: Diaspididae) were collected by FDACS-DPI in November 2017 and in January 2018. All samples were confirmed as Chrysomphalus bifasciculatus, the false Florida red scale. This scale is widespread in the western and southeastern… Read More

Lychee erinose mite, Aceria litchii

Lychee (Litchi chinensis) is a tropical fruit tree native to China. It is widely cultivated in subtropical climates around the world, including southern Florida. Many Floridians also enjoy lychee in their home landscapes. Earlier this year, DPI discovered… Read More